What is it?
FRETS1 is a TubeSat-style picosatellite provided by and launched by Interorbital Systems. It will orbit the Earth at 310 kilometers in a sun-synchronous polar orbit. Its primary mission is to test a new kind of ion engine.
Who’s doing this project?
FRETS1 is being funded by Fluid & Reason, LLC. Thus the name: Fluid & Reason Engine Test Satellite 1.
Working on the project are Wes Faler, Don Smith, Ed Campbell, and anyone else with something to contribute.
Special thanks go to the Part Time Scientists GLXP team for their to-be-announced contributions and to Alex “Sandy” Antunes at Project Calliope for paving the way.